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Celebration of Nowruz at City Hall in San Francisco

- Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year on Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall with the diverse Bay Area community. This is a commitment by members of the community with the support of Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Sheriff and Iranican Inc a 501c3 non-profit in the Bay Area. - 3/26/15

Event in New York: "A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian and American Fusion"

- Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC'ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city's hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC's premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET. - 3/25/15

Meet Our Man in Tehran

- In a new video series, Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, interviews the people of Iran, a country that is slowly changing and where nothing is as it seems. This is the first video in a seven part series rolling out over the next 7 weeks. - 3/25/15

Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

- Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. -Davood Rahni - 3/24/15

Nowruz Resolution Introduced in the U.S. Congress

- On March 18, 2015, Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-17th) introduced a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year into the House of Representatives. The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. - 3/22/15

Let us be bravely and benevolently united for the Joys of Nowruz (New Year)

- In some millennia ago, in regard to the process of Creation our ancestors wrote: "Temporal time was created from Endless, Eternal Time. The reason was that in order to defeat Ahriman (Evil), Hormozd (God the creator) created Time. For Ahriman will only be defeated through war. The battleground is where the strategy for the war is figured out." -Khoobchehr Keshavarzi, Tavoos - 3/22/15

An anthology of the final decade: exploring Iran's past through art

- A series of exhibitions from curator Vali Mahlouji examine the 'lost decades' of pre-revolutionary Iran. -Natasha Morris, Guardian - 3/22/15

In Nowruz message to Iranian People and Leaders, Obama Urges Progress on Nuclear Deal

- President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about a path of greater opportunity for the Iranian people. - 3/20/15

Iranian cartoonists mark Persian New Year 1394!

- Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year Nowruz starts on Friday March 20th at 2245 UTC. Here is a selection of works by Iranian cartoonists on the occasion of Nowruz. - 3/20/15

Videos: Persian New Year, Norouz

- Nowruz, "New Day", is the holiest and most joyful festival of the Zoroastrian year and the most important national festival for all Iranians. Its celebration is recorded from the Achaemenian period around 500 BCE. - 3/20/15

Happy Nowruz and Spring Solstice

- Nowruz is regarded as the birthday of our Blue Planet Earth; Since the time immemorial; Celebrating the history of human existence; On her bosom with spring flourishing trees and blossoms; In hope of Rebirth; In the way Forough Farokhzad recounts in her poem; Let's read it together while remembering... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 3/19/15

Iranians Celebrate Chaharshanbeh Souri Festival

- On Tuesday night, Iranians celebrated the ancient Persian tradition of Last-Wednesday-of-the-Year (Chaharshanbeh Souri) as a prelude to Nowruz (the start of the new year). On the evening of Chaharshanbeh Souri, people make fires and jump over them. - 3/18/15

Nowruz, the New Year at the spring vernal equinox

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs intermingled with the blossoms of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and Persian violets herald the arrival of Nowruz. The Persian New Year, a rebirth and rejuvenation, rightly occurs on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood Rahni - 3/18/15

Sweden embraces Chaharshanbeh Souri in a big way

- Sweden's National Theatre in collaboration with a number of Iranian associations in Sweden is planning the sixth annual Chaharshanbeh Souri celebration in the heart of Stockholm. - 3/17/15

Why We Have Fish For Nowruz?

- Fish as a significant symbolic entity has a long history in Mesopotamia, where they believed that the earliest civilization was formed by men who came out of the sea in form of fish. There are also fish-like creatures that often appear as protectors in mythologies. In Iran, fish as a symbolic creature is documented from the 8th century BC, in Elam. -Massoume Price, Culture Of Iran - 3/14/15

The First Lady Celebrates Nowruz at the White House

- On March 11, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed all to a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, at the White House: "For more than 3,000 years, families and communities in the Middle East, Asia, and all around the world, including here in the United States, have celebrated this holiday to mark the renewal of the earth in springtime..." - 3/12/15

Iran's Jewish community in Esfahan: We 'feel at home'

- If you're looking for the Jewish community in the Iranian town of Esfahan, you won't have to search for long. The main synagogue is on Palestine Square, right in the heart of Iran's third largest city. There are public prayers several times a day -- sometimes with more than a hundred people in attendance. -Frederik Pleitgen, CNN - 3/11/15

Spirit of Nowruz: Global Persian culture celebrated in new London exhibition

- 'The Spirit of Nowruz' exhibition forms one of the main centrepieces of the British Council's UK-Iran Season of Culture. The exhibition showcases and celebrates modern Nowruz festivities as they occur in communities across the world. In 2015 Nowruz, or Persian New Year, is celebrated on the 21st March. - 3/8/15

12 nations seek UNESCO's approval for new Nowruz file

- Twelve countries are seeking UNESCO's approval to register a new file on Nowruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. - 3/8/15

Ali Rahbari returns to restore Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- Vienna-based Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari has returned to his homeland to restore the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), a mission that he once left unfinished in 2005. The director of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance attended a press conference on Wednesday to announced Rahbari's appointment as the conductor and the artistic director of the orchestra. - 3/6/15

How Iran's feminist genie escaped

- Iran's 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge - but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects... in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground. -BBC - 3/5/15

Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran

- The audience members in Tehran's Vahdat concert hall rose from their seats, clapping wildly as the frontman Bob Belden, a fun-loving New Yorker with a predilection for loud shirts, rested his soprano saxophone on a nearby stand. -Thomas Erdbring, NY Times - 2/27/15

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

- When we walked into a shopping mall in Tehran, Pooya Shahsiah was waiting for us at the top of the escalator. She's the co-owner of a trendy little shop on the second floor that sells shirts, scarves, cups and jewelry. Cloth hangs along the walls in reds and yellows and blues. -Steve Inskeep, NPR - 2/23/15

American saxophonist Bob Belden impressed by Iran visit

- American saxophonist Bob Belden, who gave performances with his band Animation in Tehran, says he will never forget Iran.James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with 'Animation' band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday. - 2/21/15

Watch: 100 years of Iranian beauty - in one minute

- A mesmerizing video released Wednesday captures 100 years of Iranian beauty trends in one minute. Stylists transform model Sabrina Sarajy's hair and makeup to popular styles from each decade in a time-lapsed video produced by media company Cut.com. -USA Today - 2/21/15

Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

- Iran is a country where people at rallies routinely chant "Death to Israel." It's also home to the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel and Turkey. Iran's Jewish population topped 100,000 in the years before the shah of Iran was toppled in 1979 by the country's Shiite Muslim clerics. Today, the number of Jews has dipped to below 9,000. -Steve Inskeep, NPR - 2/19/15

Farhang Foundation announces winners of its annual Nowruz competitions: Celebrations planed in Los Angles and Orange County

- Preparations for Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebrations are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Banner Contest and Nowruz Program Contest. - 2/17/15

This is what the lives of Iranian women really look like

- Sari, a few hours north of Iran's capital, Tehran, is a small city with a population of 200,000. If you're young, privileged, and bored in Sari, Shoonesh is the place to be on a Friday night. Racing through the narrow streets, you need only a passing glance of consent from a neighboring driver to signal that they're down for a challenge. -Mahsa Alimardani, Quartz - 2/17/15

Iranian government allots money to encourage birth of more children

- Iranian Ministry of Health has announced a budget of 400 billion toumans to promote childbearing and increase the national fertility rate. A ministry spokesman told IRNA that the budget will be targeted toward "infertility treatments, providing insurance for infertility treatment drugs and reducing their costs". - 2/16/15

Photos: Iranian village of Esfidan

- Esfidan is a village located in Bojnourd County, North Khorasan Province in southeastern Iran. Due to its interconnected architecture, Esfidan village is known as the Masouleh of Iran's Eastern part. Masouleh is another village in north of Iran worldly known for its beautiful urban architecture. -Maryam Davarnia - 2/11/15

Ziba Shirazi presents "Spring Love: A Prelude to Nowruz"

- Saturday, February 21 at the Soka Performing Arts Center: "Spring Love," is a splendid blend of music, dance, and imagery, celebrating the dynamic tradition of Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) through the story of three generations within a family experiencing love at the first sight. - 2/6/15

Photos: Kerman holds biggest Zoroastrian Sadeh Festival

- The Zoroastrians marked Sadeh, an ancient feast celebrating the creation of fire, in Kerman last Friday. Sadeh has been observed since the days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. -Photos by Laleh Khajouyi - 2/3/15

Pop music star Benyamin Bahadori to celebrate "Iranian week of love"

- Benyamin Bahadori told reporters on Monday that his concert in London on February 14 will coincide with Saint Valentine's Day (globally celebrated by lovers). Bahadori added that the day also coincided with the Iranian ancient day of love, Sepandarmazgan, which is the celebration day of love and earth in the ancient Persian culture. - 2/3/15

American photojournalist to complete her collection of photos on Iran

- U.S. photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman has come back to Iran to take photos of Iranian citizens and their daily lives to complete her collection of photos on Iran taken over 30 years ago. - 2/2/15

Photos: Ahvaz's severe pollution a hot topic on social media

- The severe pollution in Ahvaz, Iran is currently a hot subject on the social media. Ahvazi people are venting their frustration and concerns through public posts or private messages often with a satirical tone. One such message reads: "Hello, can you tell me the date and the year for today, since when I woke up there was 8 inches of dust covering me. It is my right to know how long I've been sleep." - 1/31/15

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year and Iranian Art Exhibitions with a Free Family Festival

- The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present its seventh annual "Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration" free family festival Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, visitors of all ages can learn, play and feast at a celebration encompassing both museums to mark Nowruz, the beginning of the new year of 1394 in Iran, Afghanistan and many other countries, coinciding with the first day of spring. - 1/29/15

U.S. is prime destination for Iran's international mail

- Iranian Postal Services announced that the highest volume of outgoing mail it handles goes to the United States. IRAN reports that the head of Iranian Postal Services, Hossein Mehri, told reporters on Wednesday January 21 that the largest amount of incoming mail arrives from Germany, China and England. - 1/24/15

Photos: Students shave heads in sympathy with teacher diagnosed with cancer

- Mohammadreza Ghaderi, a physical education teacher in an elementary school in Hamedan and a cycling champion in Iran and Asia, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. To express sympathy with their teacher, the school's students shaved their heads bald. - 1/23/15

War On Satellite Dishes: 6,000 Receivers Destroyed In Shiraz, Iran

- Six thousand satellite receivers and dishes have been destroyed in a stadium in the city of Shiraz, according to reports by Iranian news agencies that posted photos of the police action, in the latest phase of Iran's ongoing war on banned satellites. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/21/15

Photos: People in Varzaneh Pray For Rain

- When all else fails, turn to God -- The people of the farming town of Varzaneh gathered on Friday January 16 to pray for rain. Like other countries in the region, Iran has been dealing with severe drought and water shortages in the last few years. Many farmers have lost their jobs or are on the verge of doing so. -- Will God hear the people of Varzaneh? -Hamidreza Dastjerdi - 1/20/15

Filmmaker asks Iranian officials to watch "A Few Cubic Meters of Love"

- Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh has asked Iranian officials to watch "", a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. - 1/14/15

Rather Than Focus on Poverty and Hopelessness: Measures to Deprecate Divorce in Iran

- At a meeting with senior cleric Javadi Amoli who is also the Friday imam of Ghom, a deputy minister at the ministry of youth and sports announced on Friday that, "In Iran for every five marriages there is one divorce, while in Ghom the ratio is four to one and in Tehran it is three to one. Eighty percent of people who get divorced in the country are under the age of thirty." -Niusha Saremi - 1/12/15

Rohani adviser touts intentions to teach minority dialects

- Hassan Rohani's adviser on ethnic and religious minority affairs says the many languages in Iran are like branches of the Academy of Persian Language, stressing that the Rohani administration is determined to have Iran's local languages and literatures taught in the country's schools and universities. - 1/11/15

The Trials and Tribulations of an Iranian Fashion Model

- Twenty-six-year-old Pegah Biglui has an unusual job for a woman in Iran: she is a fashion model. True, there are many dedicated models around the world. But what makes her story unusual is the fact she has chosen the profession in the Islamic Republic, a country that is obsessed with how women are perceived in the public space. -Shima Shahrabi, IranWire - 1/7/15

Photos: The Sistan Bread

- Traditional bread making is still practiced in many villages across Iran. These photos by Hamed Gholami show the bread making process by the women in Sistan and Baluchestan province, from grinding the wheat to preparing the dough and baking the bread in the mud ovens. - 1/6/15

Video: Celebrating the New Year Around the World

- People around the world welcomed the New Year with fireworks, glitter, song and dance, and well-wishing. At least for this day, the world seemed to have one unique goal - to join in celebration, although it was subdued in Indonesia, where people mourned those killed in this week's AirAsia plane crash. Zlatica Hoke reports that world leaders took the opportunity to broadcast messages of peace. - 1/1/15

Photos: Iranian Christians in Tehran prepare for the new year

- Many shops in Tehran are displaying colorful Christmas decorations and ornaments welcoming the Christians who are busy shopping ahead of the new year 2015. While Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," among its more than 70 million people is a small but important Christian minority. - 12/31/14

Couchsurfing In Tehran, How Foreign Crashers Help Iranians Escape

- Travel for Iranians is hard, which is why the young have found hosting foreigners is a way to explore the world vicariously. The latest twist to the private breaking of Iran's myriad restrictions. -Sandra Keil, World Crunch - 12/31/14

Jewish Lexicographer Soleiman Hayyim commemorated in Tehran

- The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to Iranian Jewish lexicographer and translator, Soleiman Hayyim (1887-1970) at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Sunday. - 12/30/14

Census chief reveals Iranian population statistics

- Mohammad Nazemi, the head of Iran's Census Organization, says the office registered 1.4 million births and 400,00 thousand deaths annually, adding that 800,000 marriages and 160,000 divorces were registered last year. - 12/28/14

Iran's President Rouhani congratulates Christians worldwide on Xmas, New Year

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his congratulations to all Christians around the globe ahead of Christmas and the new Gregorian calendar year, saying a return to the sublime teachings of prophets is the only way for the mankind's prosperity and progress. - 12/25/14

Photos: Iran Honors Its Fallen Jewish Soldiers

- Iran is well-known for its stinging anti-Israeli rhetoric and refusal to recognize what it calls the "Zionist regime." So, it might have come as a surprise when officials in Tehran unveiled a monument honoring Iranian-Jewish soldiers who died in action during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 12/20/14

Photos: Bonefishing season begins in Caspian Sea

- Iranian fishermen in north of the country have started the bonefishing season in the Caspian Sea. Bonefish live in shallow inshore water and the fishing is done by wading or from a shallow-draft boat. - 12/19/14

Western-style stores growing in Iran

- When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography. -Allison Love, CNN - 12/17/14

Photos: 20 million converge on Karbala for Arbaeen

- The number of pilgrims who flocked to the holy city of Karbala for the Arbaeen ceremonies passed the 20-million mark, Iraqi officials announced on Saturday. The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), Ammar al-Hakim, stated last Monday that the Arbaeen pilgrimage confirms the citizens' stance against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. - 12/14/14

The two faces of modernity in Iran - analysis

- It is often thought that what is currently taking place in Iran, the continuation of what has unfolded there over the past three decades - violation of human rights, systematic discrimination against women, and belligerence toward the west - constitutes a rejection of modernity and its fruits. -Farzin Vahdat, Guardian - 12/11/14

Photos: Over one million Iranian pilgrims flock to Iraq to mark Arba'een

- Iran's Traffic Police Chief Eskandar Mo'meni on Monday estimated that more than 1,200,000 Iranians would attend this year's Arba'een procession, which falls on December 13 this year. Iranian officials have announced that more than 900,000 Iranians have entered Iraq so far. - 12/9/14

Rise In Cohabitation Has Iran Officials Railing Against 'White Marriage'

- Raana and Hamed have been living together for four years. They eat together. They both contribute to the household and share a savings account. They fight "like husbands and wives in a registered marriage." They even wear wedding rings and introduce themselves as a married couple. But they're not. Because, as they also told Iranian daily "Ebtekar" in May, they don't believe in marriage. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/8/14

"Fest of Duty" wins justice award at IDFA

- Fest of Duty a documentary by Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani was in the line up of documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Panorama section and won the Oxfam Global Justice Award. - 12/8/14

Intriguing Iran

- For most Americans, visiting Iran doesn't make it onto their vacation radar. Yet for me and my wife Harriet, experiencing the wonders of ancient Persia has topped our bucket list for quite some time. -Michael J. Solender, Charlotte Observer - 12/6/14

Photos: Saffron Farms in Ghaenat, Iran

- Iran has long been a significant source of high-quality saffron production and export which accounts for up to 95 percent of saffron production in the world. These photos by Mohsen Noferesti show saffron farming in the city of Ghaenat in northeastern Iran. - 12/4/14

Iranian Woman Busts A Move, Hopes Not To Get Busted Herself

- A woman dancing on a subway train may seem innocuous enough. But in Iran, a deeply conservative country where the government dictates citizens' clothing and behavior, dancing in public is strictly forbidden. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 12/1/14

Divine Religion or Secular Humanism?

- Religious beliefs have been deeply rooted since pre-historic times; nonetheless, religions are still prevalent among many humans in the modern world today. Religion was the inevitable conceptualization of primitive psyche of humans and perhaps hominids... -Rachel Eliasi Kohan, Thanksgiving 2014, New York - 11/27/14

Under Rohani, Iranian Jews find greater acceptance

- Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3,000 years, has the Middle East's largest Jewish population outside of Israel, a perennial foe of the country. But while Iran's Jews in recent years had their faith continually criticized by the country's previous governments, they've found new acceptance under moderate President Hassan Rohani. -AP - 11/26/14

Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes

- At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes. - 11/22/14

Large crowds gather to mourn Iranian singer Pashaei

- Thousands of mourners gathered to bid farewell to the popular Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with cancer. The Fararo website reports that thousands attended the deceased singer's funeral held at Vahdat Hall. - 11/17/14

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World

- Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. - 11/14/14

Nesta Ramazani's Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights

- Persian Cooking is the mother of English language Persian cookbooks. For forty years, this book has been a staple in kitchens of those who enjoy the cooking of Iran. This fortieth anniversary edition is revised and updated to take into account present tastes; the better availability of ingredients; and modern cooking tools and methods. - 11/8/14

Documentary maker honoured for film on LGBTQ in Iran

- Farid Haerinejad's Out of Iran: Iran's Unwanted Sons and Daughters, a film sponsored by Radio Zamaneh, won the best documentary prize at the Noor Iranian Film Festival for 2014. The festival was held in October in Los Angeles, and the film can be viewed here on the Radio Zamaneh website. - 11/7/14

Iran: Over 350,000 marriages, 75,623 divorces registered in six months

- Statistics show 352,424 marriages were recorded nationwide during March 21-Sept 22, of which 298,487 and 53,937 pertain to urban and rural areas respectively. Over the same period, 75,623 divorces were recorded nationwide 69,353 and 6,270 of which pertain to urban and rural areas respectively. - 11/6/14

Iran's Culture Ministry Defends 'Successful' U.S. Presence

- Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan. The conference, "Growing Business between the U.S. and the Middle East," was organized by the American Middle East Institute. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/4/14

A walled paradise: a history of Iranian gardening

- Iran was built on the vision of a garden that held every type of plant and flower and protected its habitants within its walls. Touraj Daryaee takes nostalgic look back at a 'paradise' many are now eager to escape -Guardian - 10/30/14

Video Asks Tehranis About Their Fears

- In a newly released video, Iranian artist Ali Molavi has asked a group of citizens in the Iranian capital what they're afraid of. One woman says her fear is the lack of status for women living in Iran. "Women in Iran have no value," the woman says. A man says he fears his wife, while another says that "war" is his greatest fear. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/29/14

Iranians protest rash of acid assaults on women

- Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens. In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces. - 10/23/14

Most art forms in Iran are illegal. Artists shirk the law by going underground

- Tehran is the seat where most of Iran's artistic community resides and hopes to one day thrive, despite the tremendous censorship restrictions regarding who can perform and under which circumstances. Navigating these restrictions has become an art form itself, while social media sites (at least those that are allowed) are continuously monitored. -Nicole Crowder, Washington Post - 10/17/14
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